Boeing subsidiary Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is being awarded a $70,941,310 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for the procurement of eight ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems for the government of Afghanistan under the Foreign Military Sales program. These systems consist of 65 ScanEagle Air Vehicles, spares, support equipment, field service support, establishment of an in theatre ScanEagle training facility and training and is expected to be completed in June 2018.
Nov 25 (Reuters) - Boeing Co said it plans to roll out its first 737 MAX jetliner on Dec. 8 from its Renton factory in Washington. Boeing, which has almost 3,000 orders for the 737 MAX, is on track to deliver the jetliner in the third quarter of 2017, the Chicago-based company said in an emailed statement.
From the UK press: The British government announced plans to purchase nine P-8 Poseidon long-range patrol planes from Boeing through a foreign military sale approved by the US government. The Poseidon, the aircraft built by Boeing to replace the US Navy's aging Lockheed P-3 Orion antisubmarine warfare patrol aircraft, will fill the gap left by the retirement of the Royal Air Force's Hawker Sidley Nimrod fleet over four years ago, and the cancellation of the UK's own follow-on aircraft. It means about $1.5 billion more in business for Boeing and its partners; the Poseidon currently has a "flyaway" cost of $171.5 million per aircraft.
From Channel 2 in Atlanta: FBI officials have confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that they are taking seriously a report about an ISIS threat at a WWE event in Atlanta on Sunday. The FBI released the following statement to Channel 2 Action News:"The FBI is aware of reports of an alleged threat that includes an Atlanta, Georgia venue and event. While we take all threats seriously, we do not have specific or credible information of an attack at this time. We have, however, made the proper notifications as we continue to work closely with our law enforcement and private sector partners to keep our community safe." The hacker group Anonymous said Saturday that it had uncovered information about Islamic State group attacks in Paris as well as locations in the U.S. According to an article in the International Business Times: “Anonymous also said the Islamic State group is planning an assault at the WWE Survivor Series event scheduled to take place in the Philips Arena in Atlanta Sunday at 7.30 p.m. EST, as well as attacks at multiple events in Paris. " Channel 2's Mark Winne spoke with the director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Jim Butterworth, who said his agency is working closely with the FBI, the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center and others in evaluating the threat on a Sunday WWE event in Atlanta reported by the group Anonymous.
Lesbos (Greece) (AFP) - As the hunt for jihadists widens after last week's Paris attacks, authorities in Greece warn it was virtually impossible to pick out dangerous extremists among arriving migrants, without prior intelligence. "If they are not already registered in the database, it's nearly impossible," says Dimitris Amountzias, police captain in charge of Moria, Greece's main registration camp on the island of Lesbos. At the camp, dozens of migrants and refugees queue to give their fingerprints, have a photo taken and be quizzed by agents from European border agency Frontex. It's a seemingly detailed security check, but jihadists have already proven they can bypass it with ease.
From the Argus Leader: Sioux Falls saw record snowfall Friday, with a significant variety of snow totals within the city. Snow started at about 7 a.m. and by noon there was 4 1/2 inches at the airport in the north end of town, and more than 10 inches on the southern end. By 5 p.m., there was 7.1 inches at the airport and 14 inches south of 57th Street. In addition to the surprising gradient is the unexpected levels. It was just Wednesday that the forecast for today in Sioux Falls was for less than an inch of snow possible. On Thursday, forecasters expected to 1 to 3, and just this morning the prediction was 4-6 inches. The previous snowfall record for the day was 3.8 inches in 1975. Up north, Flandreau only got 3/10 of an inch of snow, while Huron did not get a single flake, meteorologist Kyle Weisser said. In other parts of the state, Tyndall and Tripp both got 11 inches, while Chamberlain got 4 and Salem got 5. Snow totals as of 6 p.m., according to the NWS: 17 inches in southeast Harrisburg, 14 inches in southwest Sioux Falls, 11.5 inches in southeast Sioux Falls, 15 inches in Canton.
The U.S. Navy has free-flight tested a new Harpoon missile that can receive in-flight information for improved targeting of moving maritime targets. The test of the missile, designated as the Harpoon Block II+, conducted with Boeing, was the "culmination of 152 lab-test sessions, 15 aircraft ground tests and 16 flight tests," the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command said. "This successful free-flight test is a tremendous achievement for the joint Boeing and Navy team and reflects their hard work and dedication over the past several years," said Cmdr. Matt Farr, Harpoon/ Standoff Land Attack Missile—Extended Range deputy program manager. "We are on schedule to deliver this important capability to the fleet in 2017, giving the U.S. Navy a significant advantage in anti-surface warfare." In the test conducted in California, an inert Harpoon Block II+ received targeting data from an F/A-18 while in-flight through its network-enabled datalink. The missile then acquired a moving ship target using its active radar seeker and guided itself to impact.
Reporter: "Should there be a database system that tracks the Muslims that are in this country?" Trump says, "There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases. We should have a lot of systems, and today you can do it. But right now we have to have a border. We have to have strength, we have to have a wall, and we cannot let what's happening to this country happen again."
From Flight journal:
The U.S. Air Force has sent its newly upgraded Boeing E-3G Sentry into harm’s way for the first time on a deployment to Southwest Asia, where it will presumably be supporting the increasingly cluttered air campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. The deployment that began Nov. 18 marks the Boeing Block 40/45 upgrade program’s long-awaited combat debut after more than 12 years of development, production, installation and testing. Col. David Gaedecke, commander of the 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker AFB, Ok., says the aircraft “will begin flying combat missions immediately.” Nine of an eventual 24 aircraft have received the upgrade through the air force’s Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, replacing the Senty’s long-outdated 1970s computer technology with an early 2000s standard. The modifications also sets a baseline for future upgrades.